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Celebrating 19 years of Providing Equitable Access to Arts and Humanities Learning Opportunities




Notes from the DC Collaborative Team

Lissa Rosenthal-Yoffe, Tracey Wyton
Dear Friends:

Welcome Back to School!  This was an exceptionally busy summer for us. How about you?

Over the past two weeks, we marked the first official days of the new school year with both our DCPS and DC public charter school students and their teachers. We look forward to an amazing 2016-2017 art and  humanities  - filled school year with each of our partners, members, educational providers and friends.
Fresh off the heels of an incredible AHFES Members Fair and Orientation at the Kennedy Center earlier this week, which included a special workshop from DCPS Arts Director Nathan Diamond, and "collaborative" field-trip planning improv  exercise  from  Washington  Improv Theatre, we are ready to start the new school year with great resources and opportunities! 

As part of National Arts in Education Week (September 11-17), our Annual Members Meeting  and networking time will be held at Shakespeare Theatre Studio in SE, on  Thursday, September 15th from  4:00-6:00pm.  Annually, we gather to share with our membership and stakeholders the success of our previous year working together and we couldn't think of a better host than our education friends at Shakespeare Theatre to help kick off our new school year!
At the meeting, we'll provide updates to members on our budget, thank our outgoing board members Jeanette McCune, Dorothy McSweeny and Gail Murdock and officially vote-in new board members and slate of officers. We've listened to your requests for additional networking time and have framed the meeting so that the presentations will take place promptly at 4:00pm and networking time (with refreshments), will follow immediately after at approximately 4:45pm. Please RSVP here for our Annual Membership Meeting.

Please help us make our collective impact greater! Please become Friend of the DC Collaborative Individual Member. Our Individual "Friends of the Collaborative" members is a way for for those of you who wish to personally support the work of the Collaborative. Individual membership supports all of the work that we do together in bridging the gap between our great institutions of arts and humanities with our future artists and consumers who will support them tomorrow

Here's to a great school year! Look forward to celebrating National Arts in Education Week with you on September 15th at Shakespeare Theatre Studios in SE!
With gratitude,

The DC Collaborative Team

Annual Members Meeting


Annual Members Meeting
Please Join Us!

In celebration of National Arts in Education Week the
DC Arts and Humanities Education Collaborative is holding our
Annual Members Meeting on Thursday, September 15th.
Date:  Thursday, September 15, 2016
Time:  4:00-6:00 p.m.
4:00-4:45pm Meeting
4:45-6:00pm Refreshments and Networking*
Location:  Shakespeare Theatre Company Studios
Main Rehearsal Space
507 8th Street, SE (look for the red awning)
Washington, DC 20003
At our Annual Members Meeting we will have exciting updates on how the DC Collaborative is better serving our members and our arts and humanities education community of practice. We'll  share information about our collective impact work, AHFES FY17 school year launch and present our FY17 budget. Members will vote on new members of the DC Collaborative Board of Directors and together we shall thank outgoing board members Dorothy McSweeny, Jeanette McCune and Gail Murdock for their near decade each of board service to the Collaborative!
We'll provide updates from our programming and membership committees, updates from our partners including the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities and DCPS and a special member education feature from our host the Shakespeare Theatre Company.
We'll close the meeting with networking time!
2 Weeks Away - RSVP today!
*We are pleased to hold our Annual Members Meeting at 
Shakespeare Theatre Company Studios.
Thank you to our host!

AHFES Update


Arts and Humanities for Every Student Update
Member Fair and AHFES Orientation and School Enrollment

Connecting to Curriculum Workshop, Member Fair, AHFES Orientation
Nearly 140 people including our members, partners, teachers, principals attended the Member Fair and AHFES orientation on Tuesday, August 30th at the Kennedy Center! 

Members participated in the  Connecting to Curriculum: A DCPS Framework for Arts Learning workshop led by Nathan Diamond of DCPS and showcased their arts and humanities education programming to teachers at the Member Fair. Teachers heard from The Kennedy Center and DC Collaborative board and staff about AHFES program policies and logistics in preparation for the Fall Online Lottery on September 12th and participated in an improv exercise in "collaborative" field-trip planning with Washington Improv Theatre.

AHFES School Enrollment for DC Public and Public Charter Schools
Missed the orientation and still want to participate in the AHFES program? Schools may register for an orientation webinar on September 6th at 4:30. RSVP Here

In Celebration of National Arts in Education Week the DC Collaborative is opening the AHFES Fall Lottery on  Monday, September 12. View our AHFES Registration Page to make sure you have completed all of the steps necessary to register your school for the AHFES program.

DC Commission Update


The Mayors Arts Awards
The DCCAH invites you to join them on September 22 at Historic Lincoln Theatre!

Mayor Muriel Bowser presents The 31st Annual Mayor's Arts Awards

Date: Thursday, September 22, 2016 
Time: 7:00 p.m. 
Red Carpet Pre-Show 6:00 p.m.
Reception 8:30 p.m.
Location: Historic Lincoln Theatre
1215 U Street, NW, 
Washington, DC 20009

The Mayor's Arts Awards are the most prestigious honors conferred by the city on individual artists, teachers, nonprofit organizations and patrons of the arts. This year, the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities will present the 31st Annual Mayor's Arts Awards

Artists and Organizations will be recognized in six categories:
  • Excellence in the Arts
  • Excellence in the Humanities
  • Excellence in Creative Industries
  • Outstanding Student Award
  • Excellence in Arts Teaching
  • Outstanding New Artist
Special Awards will be given to individuals and organizations, recognizing their outstanding support to DC arts, humanities and creative industries.

Admission is free and open to the public. Suggested attire is creative formalwear. Please note admission is first come, first served. RSVP's are for internal tracking purposes and do not guarantee admittance.

DCPS Corner


Connecting to the Curriculum: DCPS Framework for Arts Learning
Recap: Nathan Diamond's Connecting to Curriculum Workshop on 8/30

Nathan Diamond, DCPS Director, Arts, hosted a C onnecting to Curriculum: A DCPS Framework for Arts Learning workshop on 8/30 at The Member Fair and AHFES orientation.This presentation  engaged nearly 50 DC Collaborative Members and AHFES providers in a 'walk-through' of the DCPS Framework for Arts Learning and the DCPS Arts Unit Design Structure.  Nathan focused on the recent unit development process, an overview of the rollout for DCPS teachers and how organizations can use the Framework as a platform for collaboration and connection.

View the PowerPoint from the workshop.

Attended the workshop? Give us your feedback via  this brief survey !

#StoryBank Blog Highlights


  DC Collaborative #StoryBank Blog August Highlights
Check out the DC Collaborative #StoryBank Blog August Highlights!

The MusicianShip: "Changing Lives With Music"
Submitted by: Caroline Pappalardo, Membership and Development Intern, DC Collaborative
August 17, 2016

The MusicianShip believes music education can change lives. The DC-based nonprofit "facilitates music lessons, experiences, and opportunities." The MusicianShip doesn't just teach music-it teaches life lessons.

The MusicianShip CEO  Jeffery Tribble Jr. emphasizes the impact music education can have on a student inside and outside the classroom. Jeffrey, one of the original founders of The MusicianShip, comes from a musical family; both his mother and father are musicians, and he began playing an instrument at age 3.  At age 5, he began taking private lessons and quickly realized the value of private lessons. It was in college, however, where he realized his desire to pursue a career in music. "I knew I wanted to be involved in music. I need to be rooted in music." While attending law school at The George Washington University, Jeffery recognized his passion for music education. After classes and an internship, he would go into classrooms around D.C. and teach music lessons to students who otherwise might not have the opportunity to receive lessons. And just like that, The MusicianShip was born.
See the full post here.

Making Students and Teachers Feel Special at the American Art Museum
Submitted by: Nicholas Kelly
, Program and Communications Intern
August 11, 2016

The Smithsonian American Art Museum  has been exhibiting works of art that tell America's stories in its Penn Quarter home since 1968. It is a collection of works that document the culture, heritage, and innovative spirit of our country. Now the museum will continue to do its great work as a member of the DC Collaborative.

Local Impact

As a national institution, the museum draws visitors from all over the country and addresses a national audience through its loan programs with other museums and its Distance Learning Program. The museum also has an incredible local impact. As Teacher Programs Coordinator for the museum, 
Elizabeth Dale-Deines has seen the impact the museum can have on teachers and students. She works to make sure that the museum meets their needs and makes them feel respected.
See the full post here.

Tea with Tracey and Lissa


Tea with Tracey and Lissa
We are coming over!

This coming year we will begin site visits with DC Collaborative members so that we can learn and share more as we strive to serve our membership even better. We are committing to go on our own "field-trips" and visit at least one member each week this year. We're inviting ourselves to your place for a "Tea with Tracey and Lissa!" 

If you would like to invite us to your place prior to us reaching out, please contact Lissa or Tracey !

Thank you to all of those who hosted us for "tea" so far!
  • Carey Stipe
  • Environmental Film Festival in the Nation's Capital
  • The George Washington University and The Textile Museum
  • The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts
  • Karen O. Brown
  • Keegan Theatre
  • The Kreeger Museum
  • THEARC Theatre
  • Washington Improv Theatre

Job Bank


Young Playwrights' Theater
Young Playwrights' Theater seeks a Program Manager

The Program Manager plans and oversees all YPT educational programming including in-school, out-of-school time, summer enrichment and special programs. They play a critical role in procuring and increasing earned income by pursuing and optimizing school partnerships. They supervise the creation and execution of program curricula, ensuring that YPT is consistently in alignment with local and national educational standards. The Program Manager is the organization's authority on local and national education trends, analyzing the effects these trends have on YPT partner schools and implementing them in the organization's programming pedagogy. They hire all teaching artists who work within YPT programs, and they oversee teaching artist recruitment, professional development and retention. The person in this position is responsible for maintaining strong relationships with YPT playwrights and their families and tracking longitudinal impact through exponential student engagement. This position provides general programming and production support as needed, including but not limited to teaching and dramaturgy for student plays. The Program Manager is responsible for managing the Program Associate and reports to the Creative Programs Director.

YPT values diversity in the workplace and is an equal opportunity employer. People of color are strongly encouraged to apply.
Applicants should send a cover letter and resume to bwinter@yptdc.org by September 6, 2016. No phone calls, please.

With Gratitude...


With Gratitude...
 Thank you to The Kennedy Center, Nathan Diamond, and 
DC Collaborative Members and 
Key Communicators for making the Member Fair and AHFES Orientation a success!

A special thanks to the Kennedy Center, especially Jeanette McCune, Jordan LaSalle and Serena Wills, for hosting our Member Fair and AHFES Orientation on 8/30. Nearly 140 people attended including presenters, members, partners, teachers and principals. We are looking forward to another year of connecting our members with students and teachers in the DC public education system.

Thank you to Nathan Diamond, DCPS Director, Arts, for leading the Connecting to Curriculum: A DCPS Framework for Arts Learning workshop prior to the Member Fair and AHFES Orientation.

Thank you Linda Harper, DC Collaborative Board President, for welcoming members, partners and teachers with her inspiring remarks.

Thanks also to Jonathan Murphy of Washington Improv Theatre who led our teachers and members in an Improv exercise in "collaborative" field-trip planning!

Thank you to Stone Soup Films for their continued work in helping us tell the story of our Collaborative. We look forward to sharing their documentary film about us with you soon!

Ways to Give


Ways to Give

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About the DC Arts and Humanities Education Collaborative:
More than 100 members strong, the DC Arts and Humanities Education Collaborative (DC Collaborative) provides equitable access to quality arts and humanities education for all DC public and chartered public schools for the growth of the whole child. Working with its partners, since its founding in 1998, the DC Collaborative produces such exemplary programs as Arts for Every Student and the Professional Development Initiative. View our Member Directory.

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